TEDxOslo 2017

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Welcome to the sixth annual TEDxOslo event!

When: 3rd of May 2017

Where: Nationaltheatret, Oslo

Tickets: Tickets are available at this link.

Participants are invited to interact in an exchange of new ideas and shared passions. TEDxOslo will bring together innovators, explorers, teachers and learners in an environment that encourages collaboration, conversation and interaction. Join us at TEDxOslo and help us create a truly unique event that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform. TEDxOslo is a not-for-profit event organized entirely by local, unpaid volunteers.

The world is moving increasingly faster, and technology is integrated in nearly all aspects of life. Self-driving vehicles, smart-homes, 3D-printers and robots are becoming part of the new normal. We read news from all over the world and share our own news for the world to see. In a split second, a moment in New York can be spread to New Delhi. We are more intertwined than ever before and more impacted by each other’s cultures and policies. The world may become smaller, but we are moving further and further apart from each other.

So what does it mean to still be human?

Our needs, feelings and dreams have not changed. We still thrive for understanding, love and respect. All humans. In an ever changing world it might be more important than ever to look out for each other and be hopeful for the future.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxOslo, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxOslo event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.” 


Hilde Marie Holsen

Improvised soundscapes with real time processed horn is the core of Hilde Marie Holsen’s exploration of the interaction between trumpet and electronics. The music can be described as quite contemplative and drenched in melancholia, but there is also room for noise, great dynamics and plenty of drama. Her debut album, Ask, was released on the record label Hubro spring 2015, and was critically acclaimed by amongst others The Wire, The Guardian and The Quietus.

Hilde Marie Holsen hails from Jølster, western part of Norway, but resides in Oslo. She has a MA in performed music technology from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and a BA in jazz trumpet from the University of Agder.

Photo credit: Ruben Olsen Lærk

Jan Grue

Jan Grue is a Professor of Qualitative Methods at the Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo. His research is on the body and embodiment, cultural representations, disability, and illness. He is the author of a novel, several collections of short stories, and children's books. 

His presentation will focus on the human quest for perfection. The basis is his experience of fatherhood, in general and as a wheelchair user - it deals with the desire to have a perfect baby, but also with the many things we do to perfect ourselves through self-monitoring and self-improvement - and why "perfection" is a very narrow goal - and, historically speaking, a very strange goal.

What does "Still human" mean to you? 

It means acceptance of our limitations, but also of our diversity - remembering that humanity encompasses a great many ways to live our bounded, relatively short lives and to create meaning.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

I really like Aimee Mullins' "My 12 pairs of legs". It starts out with a visual impression of a (disabled) superhuman, since Mullins is a world-class athlete and model, but quickly shifts towards humanization - she tells the story of all the practical details that allow her to enter the stage in the way that she does.

Photo: Anne Valeur

Hadia Tajik

Hadia Tajik is the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice at the Parliament. She studied journalism at Stavanger University College and has a Master’s degree in human rights from Kingston University in England, and a Law Degree from the University of Oslo. 

Tajik grew up in Bjørheimsbygd in Strand in Rogaland with parents who immigrated from Pakistan in the 70’s. 

At the age of 23 years old, Tajik was employed as a political advisor for Jens Stoltenberg, and was the youngest employee at the Office of the Prime Minister of all time. Later she worked as a political advisor at the Ministry of Justice. 

Tajik was elected into Parliament for the first time in 2009. In 2013 she was appointed the Minister of Culture and was then the youngest ever Minister in Norway.

Marie E. Rognes

Marie E. Rognes, PhD, is a Chief Research Scientist at the Section for Computing and Software at Simula Research Laboratory and a founding member of the Young Academy of Norway. Her research focuses on developing mathematical models and computer algorithms to better understand human health and disease. Rognes won the prestigious 2015 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software, and was awarded a 2016 European Research Council Starting Grant and a 2015 Young Research Talents Grant.

Her presentation will address the question: How does someone use mathematics to create future solutions for medical diagnostics and treatment?

Mathematics is a language for describing differences, movement and change within and around us. By expressing mathematical models that mirror the human body, we pave a new technological path for understanding and studying it.

What does "Still human" mean to you?

To me, "Still human" is about humbleness and hope. Humbleness to recognize that there is still so much that we do not know about the human body, and hope for finding new ways to explore and understand.

What is your favorite TED talk?

My favorite TED talk is one that I remember vividly from my first viewing of it and still enjoy: Hans Rosling's legendary "The best stats you have ever seen" from 2006. His fearless and non-pretentious take on the statistics of global development was truly inspirational.

Photo credit: Simula/Bård Gudim

Andreas Wahl

Andreas Wahl is a Norwegian physicist and host of "Folkeopplysningen" and "Med livet som innsats" on the National broadcaster NRK. Wahl has a Masters degree from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has written several books, and frequently tours Norway with science shows and lectures.

Putting his life on the line in trusting scientific laws and principles, his television stunts got world wide attention in 2016, with over 20 million YouTube views.

At TEDxOslo, Andreas will talk about the value of being wrong, in science and in life. 

What does "Still human" mean to you? 

As a technology optimist, "Still human" reminds me of the shortcomings technology still has in copying or interact with humans.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

It has to be one from the late Hans Rosling, one of my heroes.

Photo credit: Studio Expose/Linda Varpe-Karlsen

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